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 for genteel
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Genteel \Gen*teel"\, a. [F. gentil noble, pretty, graceful. See
     1. Possessing or exhibiting the qualities popularly regarded
        as belonging to high birth and breeding; free from
        vulgarity, or lowness of taste or behavior; adapted to a
        refined or cultivated taste; polite; well-bred; as,
        genteel company, manners, address.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Graceful in mien or form; elegant in appearance, dress, or
        manner; as, the lady has a genteel person. Law.
        [1913 Webster]
     3. Suited to the position of lady or a gentleman; as, to live
        in a genteel allowance.
     Syn: Polite; well-bred; refined; polished.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
             speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a
             genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized,
             civilised, cultivated, cultured, genteel,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  132 Moby Thesaurus words for "genteel":
     Victorian, affected, appropriate, aristocratic, artificial,
     becoming, blue-blooded, braw, cavalier, chic, chivalrous, civil,
     classy, clothes-conscious, confined, cosmopolitan, county,
     courteous, courtly, cultivated, cultured, dapper, dashing,
     debonair, decent, decorous, distingue, dressed to advantage,
     dressed to kill, ducal, elegant, exalted, exquisite, fashionable,
     felicitous, fitting, formal, gentle, gentlemanlike, gentlemanly,
     graceful, gracious, happy, high, high-class, highbred, insular,
     intolerant, jaunty, kinglike, kingly, knightly, la-di-da, ladylike,
     mannered, mannerly, meet, mincing, narrow, natty, neat, nifty,
     nobby, noble, of gentle blood, of rank, overdone, parochial,
     patrician, polished, polite, pompous, posh, pretentious, prig,
     priggish, princelike, princely, prissy, proper, provincial,
     prudish, puritanical, putting on airs, queenlike, queenly,
     quite the lady, recherche, refined, respectable, right, ritzy,
     royal, seemly, sharp, silk-stocking, sleek, smart, smug, snazzy,
     soigne, soignee, sophisticated, spiffy, spruce, stilted,
     straitlaced, stuffy, style-conscious, stylish, suave, suitable,
     swank, swanky, swell, thoroughbred, titled, tony, too-too, tricksy,
     trig, trim, uncharitable, unnatural, upper crust, urbane,
     well-behaved, well-bred, well-brought-up, well-dressed,
     well-groomed, well-mannered

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  GENTEEL, adj.  Refined, after the fashion of a gent.
      Observe with care, my son, the distinction I reveal:
      A gentleman is gentle and a gent genteel.
      Heed not the definitions your "Unabridged" presents,
      For dictionary makers are generally gents.

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